AFP mulls more activities with religious, private groups for Mindanao peace

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The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)-Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) is planning to conduct more engagements with the religious and private sectors as part of addressing peace and order in Mindanao, an official said.

Lt. Gen. Arnel Dela Vega, Westmincom commander, made the statement as the military participated recently in a three-day national convention of members of the Muslim Students’ Association (MSA) in Zamboanga City.

He said that more engagements with the religious and private sectors will be initiated in the joint area of operations to further the military’s resolution for peace in Mindanao.

During the MSA convention, Lt. Col. Gerry Besana, Westmincom spokesperson, said the problem in Mindanao would be addressed if the people would embrace the culture of peace.

“Security and order are not the sole responsibility of the security sector but of all stakeholders,” he said.

“Hindi giyera ang solusyon sa problema ng ating bayan. Kapag dalawa ang napatay sa 10 kalaban, nagiging 28 ang kalaban dahil sa mga nauulila,” he added.

The military has been going after the terrorist and lawless groups in Mindanao.